Cambridge International

Cambridge Primary starts learners on an exciting educational journey, setting out what they should be able to know and do at each stage of their primary education. The programme is designed to help learners develop the skills they need to succeed in their primary education and progress to Cambridge Lower Secondary, the next stage of learning.

  • A Cambridge education prepares students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.
  • It provides a broad and balanced education, helping them to thrive throughout their schooling, work and life.
  • Cambridge International opens doors to the world’s best secondary schools and universities.

Five elements lie at the heart of a Cambridge education:

  • international curriculum
  • teaching and learning
  • assessment
  • international recognition
  • global community

Cambridge encourages active learning, which involves learners being engaged in their learning rather than passively listening and copying information. Learners should take part in a variety of activities that encourage them to think about the knowledge or skill they are learning rather than on the task itself.

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Cambridge Primary Mathematics focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that learners can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.

The curriculum is organised into five content areas: Number, Geometry, Measure, Handling data and Problem solving. The first four content areas are underpinned by Problem solving. This fifth strand outlines the different techniques and skills, as well as other strategies, that learners can apply to solve problems.

Teaching Mathematics at St James

At St James with the establishment of the Cambridge curriculum, teaching and learning is self-regulatory, where teachers and students take a proactive and self-regulatory approach to their own learning. Different cognitive approaches are used to master understanding of mathematics so that together, student and teacher, realize their goals.

Furthermore the approach strengthens many aspects of teaching and learning, including – planning, monitoring, motivating, behaviour, strategy use, meta cognitive thinking and critical analyses.

Mathematics, should be taught to students by bringing the world we live in, into the classroom. Students need to assess and mirror themselves with practical examples for life-long learning.

Teachers at St James help students to build banks of strategies that will enable them to see the world through the eyes of mathematical concepts. We emphasise greatly in the process of solving problems, rather than the correct answer.


Problem → Process → Answer → Self-reflection


This process helps students to learn how to structure and control their own learning, and also enables them to be independent. It also allows them to have fun and have self-satisfaction.

Cambridge Mathematics, together with our Philosophical ethos, forms a firm foundation for our students so that they begin to appreciate the value of the subject and future learning.

Cambridge Primary English promotes an enquiry-based approach, developing learners’ confidence, creativity and intellectual engagement. Learners develop English skills that they can apply to a range of different purposes and audiences in everyday situations and in study. They will communicate confidently and effectively and develop the critical skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. 

English at St James

Cambridge Primary English is a curriculum that encourages learners to actively explore, use and apply their core listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through individual, pair and group work. 

In the junior phase (key stages 1-3), learners enhance their vocabulary through reading and spelling activities, develop their comprehension skills, and begin to create small pieces of writing. Learners are also given the opportunity to become confident in communicating in the English language.

In the senior phase (key stages 4-7) learners are taught to analyse fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts using their creativity and critical thinking skills. Learners become more confident communicators and also see themselves as professional readers and writers.

In addition to the Cambridge curriculum, learners at St James School are given the opportunity to experience Shakespearean work by learning and reciting pieces from Shakespeare’s work. Some of these outstanding recitations are performed at the Shakespeare Festival held annually at the National Children’s Theatre.

Cambridge Primary Science supports learners in developing life-long curiosity about the natural world and enables them to seek scientific explanations to the phenomena around them.
Learners develop a range of scientific skills, through Working Scientifically, alongside developing their scientific knowledge and understanding, through the strands of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Science helps learners:
•  Build curiosity and fascination about the world to stimulate their interest about science.
•  Develop their scientific skills so they can become increasingly independent when questioning and investigating phenomena.
•  Link science to the real world context.

Cambridge Global Perspectives is a unique, transformational programme that helps primary learners to develop transferable skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. It offers valuable opportunities to reinforce links with and skills learnt in other subjects across the Cambridge Primary programme. 

The emphasis is on developing learners’ ability to think critically about a range of global issues where there is always more than one point of view.  Learners study global topics that are relevant to them – for example, the environment, education and keeping healthy.

Research says that the earlier learners start to develop and practise their skills, the greater the impact on their learning. Making Cambridge Global Perspectives available to younger learners will develop and embed cross-curricular skills at an earlier age, supporting them in their studies as they progress to Cambridge Lower Secondary and beyond.

Global Perspectives helps learners:
•  Understand their place in an interconnected world
•  Make informed decisions about the information they read, hear and see
•  Suggest solutions for problems faced by their community
•  Analyse and reflect on issues from different perspectives.

The Montessori/Cambridge curriculum has benefited the child...

I have compared the curriculum with other non Cambridge schools, St James Cambridge curriculum is the best.

Priscilla Mazibuko

The Cambridge and Montessori Curriculum has been of great benefit for our children not only by equipping them with strong foundations but also through the efficiency and consistency in the Curriculum it offers.

Corinne Simo

The Cambridge and Montessori Curriculum has had the effect of the children becoming ... confident, selfless, loving, sharing and caring.

Godwin Emmanuel